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Second-Parent & Equitable Adoption

Virginia Tent, counsel at Latham & Watkins will discuss recent amici briefs in Brooke S.B. and Gunn v. Hamilton, two groundbreaking New York cases defining parenthood in the context of surrogacy and adoption:

  • In Brooke S.B., New York’s highest court overturned its 25 year-old precedent, holding that (1) a non-biological mother of a child born to a couple after they entered into a pre-conception agreement had standing to seek custody and visitation as a “parent” and (2) where a biological mother had obtained an order of child support from her former partner, she was estopped from arguing that the former partner was not the child’s “parent.
  • Gunn v. Hamilton was featured last year in the New Yorker, and involves determining equitable factors for parenthood. It is expected to go to New York's highest court.

Kerene Moore, OutLaws Know Your Rights pro-bono project supervisor and Supervising Attorney at Legal Services of South Central Michigan, will share her experiences with LGBTQ adoption and family law in Michigan.

Where: 0225 SH
When: 12:00-1:00pm